WORKSHOP: Preparing For Portfolio Reviews

Photographer Latoya Ruby Frazier exhibiting her photographs
at Review Santa Fe Photowalk, 2009 © Elizabeth Avedon

Preparing for Portfolio Reviews is a 2-day Workshop with Elizabeth Avedon dedicated to helping photographers refine and perfect their portfolios to maximize their time in reviews and other professional meetings. http://visitcenter.org/preparing-for-reviews/

The Workshop will explore the nuances in presenting multiple projects to different reviewers, customizing your professional presentations, and the most effective methods for highlighting your strengths as an image-maker. With a comprehensive view of the industry, the instructor will focus on honing and amplifying your visual voice, and will discuss editing and sequencing your work for different clients. This workshop also includes a one-on-one portfolio editing and sequencing session with Elizabeth Avedon.

October 25 -26, 2017, 10am-5pm
Drury Plaza Hotel
828 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM
CENTER, founded in 1994, honors, supports, and provides opportunities to gifted and committed photographers.


LIZZIE SADIN: The Carmignac Foundation 8th Edition of the Photojournalism Award

Photograph by Lizzie Sadin

is devoted to Modern Day Slavery and its Incidence Among Women

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As part of the 2017 Visa pour l’Image Festival in Perpignan, the Fondation Carmignac announced the Laureate of the 8th Carmignac Photojournalism Award to France’s Lizzie Sadin, for her project on the enslavement of women and girls in Nepal.

Following a July 2016 call for applications, the jury (listed below), presided by Monique Villa,  chose to give a voice to Nepalese women by selecting Lizzie Sadin’s project. After four months of reporting in the field between February and May 2017, the photojournalist has brought back a deeply moving testimony on gender-based human trafficking and how rooted it is in Nepalese society.

After a devastating earthquake that killed 9,000 people and displaced 650,000 others in 2015, the daily life of many Nepalese was shattered. Unemployment and the extremely precarious living conditions have given rise to more and more traffickers every day.

To Lizzie Sadin, this trafficking, based on the sale and forced prostitution of women and girls by “friends” or even family members, is carried out not just for economic reasons, but also for cultural reasons. It affects a woman’s fundamental rights: the right to get a proper education, the right to control her own destiny, the right to live without fear of acts of physical or psychological violence inflicted by her own husband, the right not to be sold …An entire belief system that needs reversing: one that, in Nepal, defines women as being inferior to men.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that there are more than 2.5 million victims of modern day slavery, and women make up the majority of this number. According to Amnesty International, women represent 80% of the victims of human trafficking, of whom nearly 50% are minors. The types of exploitation are numerous: sexual, forced labour, domestic slavery…

Women are all the more vulnerable in situations where they have little protection. The countries of South and South-East Asia as well as those of Central Europe and the ex-USSR are the principal purveyors of these modernday slaves. Although abduction is the most common route into slavery, women are also sold by their own families or entrapped into joining the networks of traffickers.

Armed conflicts exacerbate discriminatory and violent behaviour towards women. In Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, numerous camps of Syrian refugees have emerged. These refugees provide easy prey for networks on the lookout for ‘merchandise’. In Nigeria, in the Darfur region of western Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo,  women and girls are subject to abductions carried out to provide their kidnappers with sexual or domestic slaves.

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Chaired by Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Founder of Trust Women, the 8th edition of the Carmignac photojournalism Award aims to make visible these forms of modern day slavery, by supporting a project with the potential to become a tool for reflection and concrete change in the fight against the trafficking of women.

The panel comprised • Elizabeth Avedon, independent curator specialized in photography • Francesca Fabiani, Photography Special Projects, Department for Contemporary Art and Architecture, Ministry of Culture, Italy • Thierry Grillet, Chief Curator of Bibliothèque nationale de France (BNF) • Olivier Laurent, Editor-in-chief of Time Lightbox • Élisabeth Quin, journalist, writer and Arte TV Presenter (28 Minutes) • Narciso Contreras, laureate of the 7th edition of the Carmignac Award
Laureate of the 8th Carmignac Photojournalism Award
Opens October 20, 2017 
Hôtel de l’Industrie, Paris
with an accompanying Monograph

more details to follow....


BEUFORD SMITH: FlashPoint Boston Festival

© Beuford Smith 
"Acting Together: Photographing Black Lives” 

October 20 / 7:00 PM
Marran Theatre @ Lesley University, Boston

Part of FlashPoint Boston Festival and recipient the 2017 “Culture of Legacy” Focus Award at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Beuford Smith will speak about his photographic work and his role as a key figure in promoting the work of Black photographers through his role as founder of Cesaire Photo Agency and a founder and chief photo editor of the Black Photographers Annual (1973-1981). Smith is one of the great social documentary photographers that emerged from the 1960s. Smith was a founding member, and later served as president, of the group Kamoinge. In explaining this unprecedented organization, Smith said, “Kamoinge exists, as a forum of African-American photographers, to view and critique each other’s work in an honest and understanding atmosphere, to nurture and challenge each other in order to attain the highest creative level. The name comes from the Kikuyu language of Kenya, and means a group of people acting together. Its aim is to seek out the truth inherent in our cultural roots, to create and communicate these truths with insight and integrity.”

Among Smith’s work is an emotional set of photographs exploring the Black community’s anguish the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Never shying away from deep shadows, Smith allows these figures especially to be enveloped by darkness. Another series conveys the energy of jazz musicians mid-performance, with the subjects often silhouetted and blurred by movement amidst dramatic lighting. The photographer often seems to be grappling with the ideas of patriotism and heritage as he features various flags in many of his street scenes.

Speaking as part of the Focus Awards
October 20 / 7:00 PM
Marran Theatre @ Lesley University
$10 General Admission
Free for BU + Lesley Univ. Faculty + Students
34 Mellen St. at Wolfard Hall 
may be accessed via the Quad.
The theater is just past the 
Office of Public Safety Wolfard Hall

Deadline to Enter: Oct 1
October 21, 2017
Boston University
Boston University at 808 Commonwealth Avenue.
Entrance on Essex St
Corner of Essex St. x Commonwealth Ave.
The reviews are on the 4th floor.
More Info

October 22 / 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
Griffin Museum
67 Shore Road,
Winchester MA 01890
$85 (includes brunch)



 Aerial Photograph © Kacper Kowalski

 Aerial Photograph © Kacper Kowalski

 Aerial Photograph © Kacper Kowalski

 Aerial Photograph © Kacper Kowalski

 Close-up (image above)

Pumphuset Gallery, Landskrona, Sweden

Aerial photographer, Kacper Kowalski, photographed the earth just after snow had fallen and covered the landscape, turning it into a white canvas. With great attention to form, shape and pattern, Kowalski transformed the frozen landscape. Some images remind us of abstract paintings, where traces of animals or tractors looks like black brushstrokes. In others it feels like we are looking through a microscope or a telescope. The important thing is no longer to bring back proof of what the world looks like from above, neither is it important what image your eye registers mechanically.

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I was fortunate to meet Kacper Kowalski at the 2016 Landskrona Photo Festival Portfolio Review. His portfolio was nominated as the best of all the work viewed by the Reviewers, and he was chosen as the Winner of the Review. His work was exhibited during the 2017 Landskrona Photo Festival until October 21, 2017.

Aerial Photographer, Kacper Kowalski
Landskrona Portfolio Review Winner 2016  

 Kacper Kowalski
through October 21, 2017
Pumphuset Gallery 
Landskrona, Sweden 

November 16, 2017 – January 31, 2018
Anzenberger Gallery / Vienna

Kacper Kowalski discovered flying 20 years ago. To him, it was like discovering an enchanted garden. He found himself paragliding with an engine strapped to his back and entered a space he didn’t have to share with anybody. He could taste and smell the wind. Flying became a drug, and photography became the justification for being up there alone amid the endlessness. There were no digital cameras or drones at that time, so the images he captured became trophies which he brought back to show those who had never seen the world from his vantage point.

However, after two decades of flying, and taken into account all the risks that he exposed himself to, he lost faith in what he was doing. How did he justify taking such risk? Did it still make sense what he was doing? Drones crowded the sky and his enchanted garden had become full of intruders.

Then came the snow and covered the landscape, turning it into a white canvas. Kowalski found another purpose. A new point of view, which was much more personal and filled with emotion. In his new series ‘Over’, Kowalski photographed the earth with great attention to form, shape and pattern, Kowalski transformed the frozen landscape. Some images remind us of abstract painting, where traces of animals or tractors look like black brushstrokes. In others it feels like we are looking through a microscope or a telescope. The important thing is no longer to bring back proof of what the world looks like from above, neither is it important what image your eye registers mechanically. For Kowalski, it is vital what your consciousness perceives. – Anzenberger Gallery



I'm thrilled to be part of the upcoming Portfolio Reviews that take place in Boston, Oct. 21st. Your work will be reviewed by a team of 3 reviewers working together to give you varied perspectives. The due date to submit is has been extended to October 1st. Reviewers participating include the extraordinary Paula Tognarelli, Beuford Smith, Sean Perry, David Carol, Bill Gaskins, Mary Engel, Jessica Roscio, Tone Pepe, Jim Fitts, Brian Wilson, Karen Haas, Edie Bresler, Elin Spring, Sybylla Smith, Erin Becker, Christine Collins, Glen Scheffer, Joshua Farr, Suzanne Revy, the extra special Meg Birnbaum, Erin Carey, Yorgos Efthymiadis, Rania Matar, Emily Belz, Steven Duede, Neal Rantoul, Bill Gaskins, Frances Jakubek, Kat Kiernan, Susan Nalband, Barbara Hitchcock and Lou Jones.

Sign-up now! October 21, 2017 $25 - $200
Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, writes:

"I thought I would take some time to explain the reviews coming up on October 21st at Boston University. It seems people are confused. Although we did the reviews last year in the manner we are going to do again this year, it is not the typical way to do reviews. And this year we put another added layer on them by making them juried."

"Why did we do that? We wanted to make reviews as best as they can be for reviewees and reviewers. We wanted the best experience for you. And the reviewers. I do reviews all over the country and I think the model has to change. So we came up with a new model that we felt worked. The photographers that participated agreed and the reviewers agreed with them.

We also wanted to up your game. We wanted to have you take the time to put your best foot forward. Organize your photographs, sequence them in a way that is polished and thought out and finesse your statement in advance through a jury process. It is not a gimmick to get more money from you as your 25 dollar entry fee pays for a seat at the portfolio walk no matter what.

How the reviews work is that in every review you do you will share your work with 3 reviewers at the same time. Scary? Maybe, but don't you want to move out of your comfort zone?

A typical review team would have a gallerist, a photographer and a photo educator on it. For example, last year I was on a team with Edie Bresler and Steven J. Duede. We each saw your work from different perspectives. The photographer in review got more from this team than I could have given in a half hour's time alone. The panel taught me somethings I had not thought about as well.

After the reviews Elin Spring, Julie Williams-Krishnan and myself chose one image from each reviewee and put an exhibit together that was up for a month and a half in one of the Griffin Galleries and we had a reception for it as well.

So in order to jury this portfolio review we need people to submit a body of work to the submission portal in advance of the reviews. The due date has been extended to October 1st so that gives you time to get ready. By Oct 7th we will let everyone know the results. This is asking the jury a lot but I want you all feeling good about the reviews this year. I will be on the jury to make sure that the results are not driven by aesthetic preferences alone.

This week I will describe the reviewers for you on the website. There are reviewers participating that you may not have access to again like Elizabeth Avedon, Sean Perry, David Carol, Beuford Smith, Bill Gaskins, and Mary Engel.

And we need your help spreading the word about the Reviews and the Festival in general that runs through October starting Oct 6th with First Friday in SoWa Boston. The reviews are at BU to give more room for everyone and central to the T. Thank you for your time reading this. The Griffin Museum's intent is always to bring photography opportunities that enrich and at the same time build community."

FlashPoint Boston Portfolio Reviews and Portfolio Walk

October 21, 2017      /      $25 - $200



Brunch, October 22, 2017

The Focus Awards recognize individuals making critical contributions to the promotion, curation and presentation of photography. The awards this year celebrate three individuals and one organization instrumental in building greater awareness of the photographic arts in the general public. 

The Awards will take place on Sunday, October 22, 2017 as part of The FlashPoint Boston Festival. The awards’ Ceremony is at the Griffin Museum at 67 Shore Rd. in Winchester, MA 01890 at Noon. Prior to the awards ceremony a mimosa brunch will take place at 11:00 AM. A limited amount of tickets are available for $85. We are offering a limited amount (20) of free tickets to full-time students of our Academic Membership Institutions. These tickets are for the awards ceremony only and does not include brunch. Valid Student ID required.

On Saturday October 21, 2017 portfolio reviews and walk will take place at Boston University as part of the FlashPoint Boston Festival. Tickets are available. A few of the reviewers include David Carol, Elizabeth Avedon, and Sean Perry; more to be announced later.

On Friday, October 20, 2017 Beuford Smith will give a lecture at the Marran Theater at Lesley University as part of The FlashPoint Boston Festival. The Marran Theater is located at 34 Mellen St. at Wolfard Hall and may be accessed via the Quad. The theater is just past the Office of Public Safety in Wolfard Hall. Tickets are available. 


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Photograph © Jerry Atnip

Elizabeth Avedon is an independent curator and writer, photography book and exhibition designer. She is a sought after consultant for photographers; editing, sequencing, and advising towards their exhibition, book, and portfolio projects. She is the former Director of Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe; Creative Director for The Gere Foundation; and received numerous awards and recognition for her exhibition design and publishing projects, including the fashion retrospective book and exhibition, “Avedon: 1949–1979” for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, among others; and “Richard Avedon: In the American West” for the Amon Carter Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and The Art Institute of Chicago; and exhibition designs for the Estate of Diane Arbus, the Menil Collection,Texas and the Leica Gallery, New York. In conjunction with Random House, she co-published the series “Elizabeth Avedon Editions/Vintage Contemporary Artists”, working with distinguished art critics such as Donald Kuspit and Peter Schjeldahl, and contemporary artists Francesco Clemente, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Rauschenberg and others.  

 Sean Perry

Sean Perry is a fine-art photographer based in Austin, Texas and New York City. His photographs and books center on architecture, space and light – the ambiance felt within built and temporary environments. Perry currently serves as Associate Professor of Photography at Austin Community College where he founded a mentoring program and lecture series titled, The Picture Review. 

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Beuford Smith photo by Cydnii Jones / Cesaire Agency

Beuford Smith was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. A self-taught photographer, he began freelancing in the late 1970s. His clients include Black Star, AT&T, Emory University, Merrill Lynch, Avon, and GE. Smith is the founder of Cesaire Photo Agency and a founder and chief photo editor of the Black Photographers Annual (1973-1981). He has taught photography at Cooper Union, Hunter College, and the Brooklyn Museum. Smith served as staff photographer for EBC from 1995-2007. He also was a writer and volunteer for the James Van Der Zee Institute Newsletter. Smith is a former President (1997-2003) and member (1965-2005) and now president emeritus of Kamoinge, Inc. Smith spearheaded the group’s effort to achieve 501(c)3 status and facilitated collecting photos for Kamoinge’s book, The Sweet Breath of Life. Smith served on the curatorial committee for the Committed to the Image exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in 2001. He is also a former Advisory Board member of En Foco, Inc. (2005-2012).

 Bill Gaskins

From a professional base in photography and arts writing, an academic foundation in fine art, the history of photography, American Studies and the perspective of a citizen of the United States, the work of Bill Gaskins explores questions about photography and the portrait in the 21st century. A critical entry point for the viewer is his fascination with the myths of photography and American culture and representations of African American people. His approach to photography as both producer and critical spectator has garnered attention through commissions, artist residencies, grants, public lectures, solo and group exhibitions, exhibition catalogs and books. As a professor of art, Bill Gaskins has taught at The Ohio State University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Missouri, the College of Art, Media & Technology and the College of Art and Design Theory and History at Parsons School of Design, and the graduate program in Media Studies in The New School for Public Engagement. Presently he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art with a faculty appointment in the American Studies Program at Cornell University.
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 Mary Engel Photo © Andrew French

The American Photography Archives Group (APAG) is 501(c)(3) non-profit that is a resource organization for individuals who own or manage a privately held photography archive. Collectively, the group has dealt with everything from archival supplies and copyright infringement to working with photo dealers. Mary Engel will accept the award for APAG. APAG began when founder and president, Mary Engel, assumed responsibility for the archive of her mother, photographer and filmmaker Ruth Orkin. It was a difficult task, with much to learn about intellectual property rights, conservation and preservation, promotion, and the world of photography galleries and dealers. Mary has gained a wealth of knowledge and know-how, and when her father, photojournalist and filmmaker Morris Engel, passed away in 2005, she inherited his archive as well. Over the years, Mary reached out to others who were in a similar situation and became an informal consultant. As her network of fledgling archive managers grew, so did the demands on her time. She realized that everyone could benefit from each other’s experience, so she started organizing meetings. At first the group was small enough to meet over dinner in a restaurant. Soon, however, more people joined, and a larger, quieter meeting space was needed. Mary arranged for the group to meet at ICP, and the organization has became more structured, holding meetings three or four times a year. 

Judith Thompson

Judith Thompson is the Director of the Harold Feinstein Photography Trust. In that role she works to preserve and promote the legacy of her late husband, Harold Feinstein who was awarded the Living Legend Award by the Griffin Museum in 2011. Like others who have inherited the estate of a well known artist, she has been on a steep learning curve and credits APAG and Mary Engel for providing crucial support and guidance. For nearly three decades prior to her current responsibilities she worked in the field of reconciliation and social healing running organizations and speaking worldwide. She has a Ph.D. in peace studies and was a former Peace Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard.

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Photo by Jon Atherton, Yale

Paul Messier is a photograph conservator working at Yale and in private practice in Boston. He is the founder and Pritzker Director of the Lens Media Lab at Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage. Established in 2015, the focus of the LML is the creation, dissemination, and interpretation of large datasets derived from museum and reference collections of artist materials. Notable among these is the LML’s collection of historic photographic papers which is the largest of its kind in the world and was assembled by Paul over the course of decades. Paul’s Boston based private conservation practice was founded in 1994. The practice serves collectors, galleries, auctions houses as well as public institutions included leading museums, libraries, and archives worldwide. This practice has served as a training platform for numerous pre- and post-graduate interns all of whom have filled photograph conservation positions within prestigious cultural intuitions, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives. Paul has published widely, holds two patents covering innovative techniques for the characterization of cultural materials, served elected terms to the Board of Directors of the American Institute for Conservation, and recently completed a multiyear Mellon-funded initiative to establish a department of photograph conservation at the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Melissa Banta

Ms. Banta is an author and the projects curator at Harvard’s Weissman Preservation Center. In her role at Weissman Preservation Center, Melissa works to preserve, enhance access to, exhibit, and publish special collections throughout Harvard Library. She was formerly director of the photographic archives at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard. She also serves as an exhibit curator at Baker Library, Harvard Business School and as a consulting curator for Mount Auburn Cemetery.
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Many thanks to Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, for her tireless dedication to and love of Photography! xx


DAN LOPEZ: Constellation Road at LACP

 Photograph © Dan Lopez

 Photograph © Dan Lopez

Photograph © Dan Lopez


Photographs by Dan Lopez
Published by Bywater Bros.

I met photographer Dan Lopez at the Los Angeles Center for Photography's Portfolio Reviews.  Check out all of LACP's programs: Los Angeles Center of Photography, 1515 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 Instagram: @la_centerofphoto


SANDRA CHEN WEINSTEIN: Kuala Lumpur International Photo Award Portrait Prize + Talk

1st Prize “Untitled” from "SHE/They" project
​Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS ( KLPA) Portrait Photography Prize was awarded to Sandra Chen Weinstein's photograph, “Untitled,” the 1st prize winner for Open Category in this year’s contest “Defining Family."

"The inside of "D's" mind is wonderland, chaotic, and unorganized. The only thing that makes sense in her mind is that nothing does and the only order, is no order. "D" had a tough time growing up - constantly bullied at school. She left home as a late teen from Los Angeles. Women in every society face the task of transforming these expectations of others in order to match their own sensibilities and ambitions. The series of candid yet intimate women portraits illuminates the dynamic and complex feminine psychology, the perception of tradition, love, identity and ideals in life. As a whole the work seeks to demonstrate how women inhabit diverse bodies and express complex forms of self-determination." 

 ​ "Woman of Nablus"
Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

 ​"New Home" from Refuge in America
Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

 "L.A. Women"
 Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

 "Child Shiva"
Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

KLPA 2017 Awards Ceremony Presentation + Opening of the Exhibition on September 9 includes an Artist talk by Sandra Chen Weinstein “PERSONAL STORIES’ Presentation at the White Box Gallery, WHITEBOX, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, 10.  

Weinstein will present stories from a selection of images mainly focusing on intimate portraits of women with attention to their diversity, community, culture, and empowerment. The selection of images (above) are from women refugees in America, Middle East, India, and California.

Opening of Exhibition + Artist Talk 
September 9, 2017
White Box Gallery, WHITEBOX
Publika, Solaris Dutamas, 10

September 9, 2017–September 19, 2017
Whitebox Gallery, PUBLIKA
Sandra Chen Weinstein
Untitled from SHE/They project



Photograph © Henrik Saxgren

Photograph © Henrik Saxgren

Photograph © Henrik Saxgren

Photograph © Henrik Saxgren

Danish photographer Henrik Saxgren's new book ULTIMA THULE, published by GYLDENDAL, is work from the Thuleregion in the Northern part of Arctic Greenland. To order Ultima Thule: www.saxo.com

LANDSKRONA FOTO FESTIVAL 2017 : Danish photographer Henrik Saxgren will talk about his latest book “Ultima Thule – a photographic journey through the hunting grounds of northern Greenland” at Landskrona Theater, Landskrona, Sweden. Friday, September 15. 4-5PM

AMY ARBUS: The Outsiders

Photograph © Amy Arbus

Photograph © Amy Arbus

One Long Walk
Photograph © Amy Arbus

AMY ARBUS presents black and white photographs from a new series titled, ‘The Outsiders’. Taken in and around the parks in her New York City neighborhood these riveting new images capture homeless and disenfranchised people. ‘The Outsiders’ began with photographs of the Women’s March in Washington DC and continues to consider the entirety of the arc of social change happening now. Arbus’s new work offers the immediacy of photography’s capabilities to document the moment while reaching deep into the medium’s history and connecting with its Lions. As always, she offers the viewer dazzling technical and formal satisfactions while provoking story, emotion, a sense of place and time and an incomparable relationship between photographer and subject. ‘The Outsiders’ consists of ten new photographs and premiers at this exhibit. –  Schoolhouse Gallery

AMY ARBUS, The Outsiders, Opening September 1, 6-8 pm at the Schoolhouse Gallery, ptown, MA.

The Outsiders
September 1 – 27
Schoolhouse Gallery
Provincetown, MA

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October 27 - 29, 2017
Day of the Dead: The Single Narrative Portrait
Los Angeles Center for Photography
Los Angeles, CA


MEG BIRNBAUM: Losing The Farm

Orange Shirt © Meg Birnbaum

Gone © Meg Birnbaum

Rabbits © Meg Birnbaum

Many Colors © Meg Birnbaum


"On a spring day in 2015, I entered a call for entry from a local arts organization seeking to match 10 artists with ten farms. The hope being to build community, and educate the public about the local raising and growing of food. The 10 artists, of all mediums, were tasked with telling the story of a year in the life of a small Massachusetts farm. I was matched with ‘Pete and Jen’s Backyard Birds’ a pig, chicken, and turkey farm."

"I learned, among many new things, that unless a person inherits a preexisting family farm it is common practice to lease land from a larger farm that is not able to use all of what they own. Pete and Jen did that and shortly after I started my project they were told that their time was up. The mood and tone of the farm changed to a heaviness that matched the crushing heat."

"I followed the farm through moving day, sadly watching the farm deconstruct day by day. The animals went to market, the greenhouses came down, the fruit trees dug up. The farm was lost."

"Pete and Jen are still farming but in a completely different venue. They are stewards for a community farm owned by the town of Lincoln MA. Jen is the Director of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, a beginning farmer training program at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy." – Meg Birnbaum

Meg Birnbaum is a photographer, graphic designer, and educator living in the Boston area. Her work is held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, the Lishui Museum of Photography in China, the Meditech Corporation, and private collections.  



The Horace Williams House
610 Rosemary Street
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
September 3–24, 2017



 © Dawn Watson

© Dawn Watson

© Dawn Watson

“Message from GRACE: Imaginings of an Altered World” 

“…the places are what remain, are what you can possess, are what is immortal. They become the tangible landscape of memory, the places that made you, and in some way you too become them. They are what you can possess and in the end what possesses you.” – Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Dawn Watson's “Message from GRACE: Imaginings of an Altered World,” was top winner from the Fourth Annual Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) Members’ Exhibition. Her work was selected for solo exhibition by juror Paula Tognarelli, Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA.

Dawn Watson writes, "High above the Atlantic, suspended between time zones and uncertain outcomes, sleep comes fitfully. In the dark, the world shifts. Midnight reading offers a distraction but also deeper evidence for concern. Earth’s axis tilts, gravity pulls, seasons change, ice melts, flooding waters rise, or the earth is left parched, the natural world changes beyond recognition. Human activity contributes to these seismic shifts in Earth’s mass and atmosphere. Heightened awareness of our ever-changing world leaves bodies and spirits under stress from this increased vulnerability. Adapt and change to a new way of being or turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to the  comprehensive observations from both elders and science warning of the consequence of denial. “Message from GRACE” offers an inverted reality, present but not yet seen. Delicate details or vast landscapes are familiar yet strange, hold both beauty and decay, alarm and possibilities. How to make sense of our off-kilter politics, environment, relationships? How can we shape our near and distant future?"

“NASA’S GRACE Mission satellites, (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) relay data that has transformed analysis of changes in the Earth’s system. GRACE-FO, scheduled for launch in late 2017, will continue the work of tracking Earth’s water movement to monitor changes in underground water storage, the amount of water in large lakes and rivers, soil moisture, ice sheets and glaciers, and sea level caused by the addition of water to the ocean. These discoveries provide a unique view of Earth’s climate and have far-reaching benefits to society and the world’s population. “https://gracefo.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/overview

I offer my deep gratitude to juror Paula Tognarelli and the Los Angeles Center of Photography for their dedication to the photographic process and community.

Dawn Watson's "Message from GRACE: 
Imaginings of an Altered World"
August 12, 5-8pm
 Los Angeles Center of Photography
515 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles, CA


A. SMITH GALLERY: Black and White

 William King / Give Peace a Chance

 Mark Coggins / Geisha Confidential

 Leslie Jean-Bart / The Cargo Has Arrived

Francis Crisafio / Holdup in the Hood 1

Black + White

“I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black.” – Henri Matisse

The call to enter was simple. Black and White. The possibilities of what may be entered are limitless. “All the masters shot in black and white,” as Daido Moriyama has put so simply, “but then again, that is all they had.” Today there are so many other choices, and directions photographers can take, but thankfully many continue to embrace the choice toward black and white imagery.

I never get bored looking at images. I’m drawn to all types, all subjects, and all genres. What makes one image more interesting to me than another is hard to define. Finding something, perhaps the smallest detail, is the extraordinary that waits to be discovered.

And so with this call for entry I was not disappointed by the results. From over 1,000 images submitted, I found that there was more than one exhibition that could be edited from the whole. That is what makes jurying so difficult. There are only fifty seats at the table, but there are at least four or five times as many images that exceed expectations, that tell a story better than another, that make you feel strongly about something you may not have noticed before.

When I first viewed William King’s magical photograph of Coretta Scott King (no relation), I knew it had to receive the top Juror’s Award. It just rose above the others both in content and in skill. I had that same strong feeling when viewing Leslie Jean-Bart, Mark Coggins and Francis Crisafio' three Honorable Mention photographs. The images that followed were chosen individually for one reason or another, but not to say they were easy choices – there were so many that had to be left out for reasons of space. The photographs that weren’t “chosen” this time around – try not to take it personally – all of the work was very good. Continue to send your work out into the world as a big wide net. Let it come back to you from sources you couldn’t plan. You can never be sure who will find it, and contact you next.

– Elizabeth Avedon

black + white
Juror | Elizabeth Avedon
Exhibition dates | August 4 to September 10, 2017
Reception | August 26, 2017 from 4 to 8pm

photographic arts
103 N. Nugent Ave
Johnson City, Texas



 © Claire A. Warden, Ed Friedman Award
 The 23rd Griffin Museum Juried Exhibition

© Suzanne Revy, Director's Award
The 23rd Griffin Museum Juried Exhibition

The 23rd Griffin Museum Juried Exhibition - Ed Friedman Legacy, curated by Hamidah Glasgow, Executive Director and Curator at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, is in the Main Gallery of the Griffin Museum through September 1, 2017. View all the artist's work: griffinmuseum.org

Jimmy Mack, On Float, Southampton, NY
© Gary Beeber, 2016

Steve D., God Bless America
© Gary Beeber, 2016

Gary Beeber’s series, “Personalities,” is featured in the Griffin Gallery at the Griffin Museum of Photography through September 1, 2017. Beeber began making documentary films of burlesque shows and accompanying side performances. His focus was on people who led unconventional lives.

© Rocio de Alba / Honor Thy Mother

Rocio de Alba’s ongoing series, “Honor Thy Mother,” is featured in the Atelier Gallery at the Griffin Museum of Photography from June 6st through September 3rd, 2017. de Alba poses in a series of humorous and processed self-portraits, which shows us different contemporary mothers in current modern families. Read more: griffinmuseum.org/show/honor-thy-mother/

© Janet Holmes, Clarice
Griffin Museum Instagram Exhibition

The 23rd Juried Exhibition: Ed Friedman Legacy Show assembled 84 images as part of the virtual Instagram Exhibition juried by Hamidah Glasgow. More: Griffinmuseum.org/

The Griffin Museum of Photography, a non-profit organization dedicated solely to the art of photography, is celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year! As a public charity The Griffin Museum is dedicated solely to the language of photography. Through the many exhibitions, programs and lectures that they  produce, they strive to encourage a broader understanding and appreciation of the visual, emotional and social impact of the photograph. Through its network of eight galleries and 40-60 exhibitions, the Griffin Museum is at the cusp of cultural and artistic innovation in photography-all tirelessly overseen by the Griffin's brilliant Director, Paula Tognarelli. Ms. Tognarelli not only plans and over see's all 8 galleries exhibitions rotating at all times, but juries exhibitions and reviews portfolio's around the world, as well as mentoring grammar school children and all of the photography community at large all times! Whew! I'm exhausted imaging what a day in the life of Paula Tognarelli is all about.

In October, The Griffin Museum of Photography with collaborators SoWa Boston, Boston University, Lesley University, Art New England and Gallery Kayafas, brings FlashPoint Boston, a photography festival, to Boston. Donate here

Also in October, there will be "The Fence", lectures, workshops, panel discussions, portfolio reviews 
and the Griffin's Focus Awards.
The Griffin Focus Awards will be presented to:

Elizabeth Avedon (Lifetime Achievement!)

Paul Messier (Beacon)

American Photography Archives Group (Spotlight) 

and Beuford Smith (A Culture of Legacy)